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Zoology, B.S.

Cal Poly Humboldt is an incredible place to study zoology. Our faculty are dedicated to teaching excellence and hands-on learning, and they lead courses that utilize specialized equipment, impressive natural collections, laboratory facilities, and the ecologically diverse field sites of our region. Extensive opportunities for research prepare our students for a wide range of careers in zoology. Come be inspired!

Why This Program

Where You’ll Learn

Surrounded by a wide range of habitats, including coastal tide pools, mountain wilderness, rivers, and the ocean, we’re in the perfect environment for field research. 

What You'll Learn

The Zoology curriculum offers a strong foundation in the study of zoology including the study of the evolution, physiology, ecology and conservation of animals.  

Hands-on Learning

Gaining real-world experience is a defining feature of our Zoology program. You’ll get hands-on experience with dissection, experiments, and observation.

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Academics & Options

You will take courses in physiology, ecology, anatomy, and classification of animal groups, with many opportunities for field research in our diverse local habitats, as well as laboratory study.

Did You Know?

  • Zoology is one of the Biology Department’s most popular majors; it is the only Zoology major in the CSU system, and one of only two in California. 
  • Humboldt has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning you get to know your professors and fellow students closely.
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Favorable opportunities can be expected for biological scientists with advanced degrees and for bachelor's candidates with outstanding educational and experiential backgrounds. Employment in the life sciences is expected to grow due to recent advances in genetic research, advances in biological technology, and efforts to conserve the environment.

  • Zookeepers
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Assistants
  • Museum Curators
  • Museum Managers
  • Federal and State Agency Biologists
  • Scientific Illustrators
  • Naturalists
  • Biological Consultants
  • National or State Park Interpreters
  • Science Educators
  • Scientific Writers
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